The daily battle to take back neighborhoods from the more than 40 species of mosquitoes that reside in Hillsborough County depends on a delicate balance of scientific controls and resident participation.
We protect residents by monitoring for mosquito-borne illnesses, and control the pests through biological methods, trapping, elimination of breeding sites, destruction of larvae, and spraying pesticides at street level and from the sky.
We have 30 mosquito traps throughout the county to keep track of the mosquito population. We also use a Sentinel Chicken program to monitor for Encephalitis viruses in birds before they reach humans.
Our unit conducts more than 20,000 larvae inspections per year. Problem areas might be eligible for applications of pesticide from vehicles, helicopters or planes.
In 2017, the Mosquito Management:
Responded to more than 5,500 customer service requests Completed more than 8,600 inspections of mosquito larval production sites Conducted mosquito larvae remediation on 21,080 acres Conducted adult mosquito remediation on 1,072,237 acres Responded to 40 confirmed mosquito-borne disease (arbovirus) cases Report mosquito related issues We monitor complaints about high mosquito populations and respond accordingly.
For more information, call our Public Works department at (813) 635-5400.
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